Griffin Technology has announced two new iPhone accessories at Apple Expo Paris. The AirCurve for iPhone and iPhone 3G is a unique clear polycarbonate acoustic amplifier designed to provide more powerful sound from the iPhone’s built-in speaker without the need for added electronics. It uses a coiled waveguide within its base, which can be plainly seen thanks to its clear construction, to amplify the sound, and also offers a pass-though slot to allow for charging and syncing of the iPhone while docked. It will sell for $20. Griffin also introduced the Clarifi for iPhone 3G, a new polycarbonate case featuring a built-in sliding close-up lens that enhances the macro and close-up functionality of the iPhone 3G’s built-in camera, allowing users to shoot crisp images from as little as four inches away from the subject. Other features include open access to all ports and controls, Griffin’s EasyDock slide-off bottom for docking, and a two-tone design. It will sell for $35. Both the Griffin AirCurve and Clarifi will be available in October.
Griffin Technology has announced several new accessories updated for the iPhone 3G. The WindowSeat automobile mount for iPhone and iPod touch now ships with a cradle for the iPhone 3G as well, while retaining its $30 price. The Reflect case for iPhone 3G is a polycarbonate shell with a reflective finish on the front edges and a matte black rubberized back, offering open access to all ports and controls. It includes a static-peel screen protector and cleaning cloth, and sells for $25. Griffin’s iClear for iPhone 3G is a clear polycarbonate snap-together case offering full access to all ports and controls and an included screen protector and cleaning cloth. It will be available for $20 for the case only, or in a package with a belt clip and armband for $30. The Streamline for iPhone 3G is a one-piece armband offering a clear, built-in full-face screen protector that allows for full control of the device, reflective trim for enhanced nighttime visibility, and a washable, breathable, two-way adjustable band. It sells for $20. Finally, the company has announced that its Wave case for iPhone 3G is now available in multi-color two-packs. Packs include green & black, pink & blue, pink & white, and blue & white, and sell for $35 each.
Tunewear has introduced a variety of new cases for the iPhone 3G. Icewear for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting clear case made from high-density silicone, and features ribbed sides for added grip and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $25. Tuneshell for iPhone 3G is a clear, snap-on hard polycarbonate case featuring a smooth surface and open access to all ports and controls. It is priced at $25. Tuneshell Plus for iPhone 3G is another clear snap-on hard polycarbonate case, featuring a thickness of only 0.4mm and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $30.
Tunewear’s Prie Ambassador for iPhone 3G is a open-face leather case with open access to all ports and controls and a removable metal clip. Available in black with either red or white stitching, gold, gold/white, or silver, it sells for $60. Leathershell for iPhone 3G is a form-fitting open-face leather case featuring a smooth texture, white contrast stitching, and open access to all ports and controls. It sells for $30. Finally, Tunefilm for iPhone 3G is a clear protective screen film and will be included with select cases such as the Prie Ambassador and Icewear for iPhone 3G. Separately, it sells for $15. All of Tunewear’s new products for the iPhone 3G are available now.
iSkin has introduced its new solo bodyguard for iPhone 3G. The solo is a new form-fitting protector for the iPhone 3G, featuring integrated volume and power button protection, unobstructed access to all ports and controls, and a high-gloss finish with a non-slip grip surface. In addition, the case includes a touch compatible clear screen film protector. The iSkin solo for iPhone 3G is available now in black, white, translucent red, or translucent blue, and sells for $30.
OtterBox has released its new Defender Case for the iPhone 3G. The Defender uses three separate pieces to protect the iPhone: a clear polycarbonate screen protector offering chemical and abrasion protection, a hard polycarbonate “skeleton” that surrounds the device, and silicone skin that wraps around the skeleton, absorbing bumps and shock. The OtterBox iPhone 3G Defender Case also includes a ClipStand holster and is available now in black for $50.
Case-mate has introduced its new Vroom case for the iPhone 3G. Available in black only, Vroom is a form-fitting rubber case featuring a tire tread pattern on the back of the case, as well as open access to all ports and controls. The Case-mate Vroom for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $15.
Shure has introduced its new SE102MPA Sound Isolating Mobile Headset, along with a new family of MPA-bundled headsets. The SE102MPA features Shure’s Dynamic MicroSpeakers, an MPA modular microphone/control cord attachment offering a low-profile VoicePort microphone and a button for call and music playback control, and an included zipper-less drawstring pouch and three pairs of soft flex sound isolating sleeves. Shure’s SE102MPA will sell for around $100. In addition, the company also announced its SE110MPA, SE210MPA, SE310MPA, SE420MPA and SE530MPA bundles, all of which include the MPA modular microphone attachment, and will be priced from $130-$470. Shure’s new line of MPA-bundled Sound Isolating Mobile Headsets will be available later this month.
SwitchEasy has introduced its new CapsuleNeo case for the iPhone 3G. Like the company’s earlier CapsuleRebel, the CapsuleNeo uses two separate materials to protect the device: a TactileThin silicone membrane and a GE Lexan polycarbonate H-Frame that features a patent-pending 7-point locking system to attach securely to the phone. Other features include tactile covers for the volume and power buttons and open access to the screen, camera, headphone jack, and Dock port. Included with the case are two TactileThin protectors, two anti-static screen protectors, a Universal Dock adapter, a video stand, protectors for the Dock connector and headphone jack, a microfiber wipe, and a squeegee for screen film application. The SwitchEasy CapsuleNeo for iPhone 3G is available now in white or black and sells for $30. For more information on the SwitchEasy CapsuleNeo, see our First Look article.
ShadesCases has introduced its new Shades for iPhone 3G. Shades for iPhone 3G are made from 100% polyurethane, measure only .4mm thick, and offer built-in clear screen protection, while allowing for full usability of the iPhone’s touch screen and full access to all ports and controls. Shades for iPhone 3G are available now in 11 different colors, and sell for $17 each.
Grantwood Technology has announced the release of its QuickFlipCase for iPhone and iPhone 3G. The QuickFlipCase is a horizontal leather case featuring contrast stitching, a permanent belt clip, a magnetic closure for the lid, open access to the iPhone’s headphone jack, sleep/wake button, speaker, and microphone, and a center push-up hole for easier removal of the device. The Grantwood Technology QuickFlipCase for the iPhone and iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $19.
Marware has introduced its new Sidewinder Deluxe case for the iPhone 3G. The Sidewinder Deluxe combines a slim clear Flexi-Shell case and a rubberized snap-in holster featuring a detachable low-profile belt clip and a patented slide-out side arm cord management system. The Flexi-Shell case offers open access to all the iPhone’s ports and controls, while the snap-in holster offers compatibility with the Sport Grip for iPhone 3G as well as the included case. The Sidewinder Deluxe for iPhone 3G also includes clear protective film and a microfiber cleaning cloth, and is available now for $35; additional black and white Flexi-Shell cases will be available soon.
Sony has introduced three new iPod-ready car stereos. The CDX-GT630UI features the ability to connect directly to both iPods and iPhones via USB, and Passenger Control which allows passengers to control the connected device while being charged. Other features include front, rear, and subwoofer preamp outputs, a flip-down detachable faceplate, and a 13-segment, LCD with black LED display. The CDX-GT430IP comes with a 1.5 meter cable featuring a 30-pin connector to provide full menu control and charging for iPod. It too offers Passenger Control, as well as a black LED screen and front and rear/sub preamp outputs. Finally, the CDX-GT330 offers compatibility with the $50 XA-120IP adapter to allow for charging and head unit control of iPods. Sony’s CDX-GT630UI, CDX-GT430IP and CDX-GT330 head units all include a wireless remote control, and will sell for $160, $130, and $100, respectively, when they go on sale in September.
ION has introduced its new CarbonFiber Leather Shell for the iPhone 3G. The open faced case features a hard shell wrapped in premium leather, with an exposed stripe of carbon fiber running down the center of the case’s rear. It offers open access to the iPhone’s touch screen and home button, volume and power buttons, ringer/silent switch, and headphone and Dock Connector ports. Available in white, black, or grey, the ION CarbonFiber Leather Shell for iPhone 3G is available now and sells for $80.
Speck Products has announced that it is now shipping its SeeThru case for the iPhone 3G. Originally announced in June, SeeThru for iPhone 3G is a hard shell case with built-in rubberized side strips for extra grip and a specially designed bottom that slides off for docking and conveniently doubles as a horizontal stand. It also offers full access to all ports and controls. Speck’s SeeThru case for the iPhone 3G is available now in purple, pink, red, clear, or black, and sells for $30. For more information on the SeeThru for iPhone 3G, check out our First Look article.
SwitchEasy has announced the release of its new Colors case for the iPhone 3G. Made from silicone, Colors is a form-fitting case featuring a “jelly bean” home button, thick silicone for shock protection, and extra-thick button covers for the volume and power buttons. Each Colors case includes a case, two anti-static screen protectors, a Microfiber cleaning cloth, a squeegee applicator, a headphone jack protector, and a 30-pin Dock Connector protector. As its name would suggest, Colors is available in 10 different colors, and is available now for $15.
H2O Audio has introduced its new line of AMPHIBIX Waterproof Armbands for MP3 Players and Phones. Designed to handle a number of different portable media devices and phones, the armbands are available in Large (for full-sized iPods, the iPod touch, and iPhones) and Medium (for iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod mini) sizes. Each features a LatchTight locking closure for 100% waterproofing down to 12 feet, a ClearTouch plastic window that allows full operation of the devices while in the case, a SealTight Connector that’s compatible with all standard 3.5mm headphone plugs, an adjustable strap, and the ability to float even with a device inside. H2O Audio’s AMPHIBIX Waterproof Armbands are available now in Large and Medium sizes and sell for $80 and $70, respectively.
Power Support Japan has introduced its new Air Jacket Set for the iPhone 3G (Translated link). Like the company’s prior Air Jacket Sets for the original iPhone and iPod touch, the iPhone 3G set consists of an extremely thin polycarbonate rear plate, which is used in conjunction with one of the two included protective screen films (one clear, one anti-glare). The set also includes a Dock Connector protector and a dust-collection cleaning sheet. Currently available in clear for 2,280 yen (~$21), the Power Support Air Jacket Set for iPhone 3G will soon be available in black and white variations, as well. U.S. availability has not yet been announced.
Update: Power Support USA is now offering the Air Jacket for iPhone 3G in clear or black for $35.
Mophie has introduced its new Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G. Like the company’s Juice Packs for iPhone and iPod touch, the iPhone 3G version houses a rechargeable lithium polymer battery within a soft touch, non-slip rear case. According to Mophie, the Juice Pack offers an additional 350 hours of standby time, 6 hours of talk time on 3G, 12 hours of talk time on 2G, 6 hours of Internet use on 3G, 8 hours of video playback, or 28 hours of audio playback. Other features include “Works With iPhone” certification, a 4 LED charge status indicator, and a USB passthrough port for charging and syncing. The Mophie Juice Pack for iPhone 3G is available for pre-order now and will ship in September for $100.
Following announcements this week that certain iPhone accessory manufacturers had received iPhone 3G certification for previously released accessories under Apple’s Works With iPhone program, iLounge contacted Apple to clarify the reasons that past iPhone accessories might need to be re-certified for use with the new handset. Apple spokesman Simon Pope explained that re-certification has occured on some products “because of the addition of the 2100 [MHz] band in iPhone 3G,” adding that “[t]he “Works With iPhone” certification should appear on packaging with icons that let customers know which iPhone models a product is compatible with.” An example of Apple’s iPhone 3G icon and text, which will appear on iPhone 3G-compatible Works With iPhone products, is pictured; certain previous Works With iPhone products contained only the Works With iPhone label, rather than specific product icons.
Ridax, a company that sells various iPod Dock Connector accessories, has begun taking pre-orders for its iPhone 3G Charge Converter. The small accessory, the design of which is still being finished, will allow iPhone 3G owners to use older iPod and iPhone charging accessories that are currently incompatible with the 3G to charge the device by converting the power stream to suit the iPhone 3G. It will feature both male and female connectors, as well as a mini USB connector on the side to provide a way to charge the device when connected to a non-charging, Dock Connector-equipped accessory, and will also function as a short Dock extender. Ridax’s iPhone 3G Charge Converter will be available in September for $40; those who want the device sooner can pre-order a $45 “bare” version which will ship in August, followed by the plastic cover which will arrive in September. There is no guarantee that the converter will be safe to use with all accessories, so use caution in ordering.